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Become A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist

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Working As A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $48,996

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Do At Oregon Medical Group

* Perform phlebotomy services, specimen collection and handling.
* Assist in the care of patient prior to, during and after phlebotomy.
* Collect and label specimens for requested testing, process specimens according to established procedures and guidelines.
* Completes documentation necessary to process and perform testing to ensure specimen integrity.
* Maintain work area including appropriate record keeping, ordering and stocking of supplies and adhering to safety rules and regulations.
* Conduct basic equipment maintenance.
* Perform and participate in department quality assurance program procedures.
* Organize and prioritize work duties.
* Instruct patients on urine collection procedures.
* Allocate urine specimens.
* Dispose of contaminated material according to established policy and OSHA regulations.
* Comply with OSHA, HIPAA, OMG, Safety and CLIA regulations.
* Use PPE as required.
* Collect Glucose Tolerance Testing, including administering correct Glucose dosing.
* Following established policies and procedures instruct patients in the procedure for home collection of specimens and timed specimens including Glucose Tolerance Test.
* Give verbal and written instructions.
* Perform waived and moderate complexity testing as assigned.
* Recognize abnormal and critical results and follow up as defined in the critical, stat and test procedures.
* Use the computer for order retrieval, results retrieval, test ordering and test resulting (for tests they perform and physician performed microscopics).
* Use resources and computer as a reference guide for specimen collection, to provide information and answer questions.
* Apply knowledge of lab operations to assist patients, assistants and providers.
* Communicate appropriate information to providers.
* Answer telephone, take messages and provide routine laboratory information.
* Help orient and train new laboratory staff as needed.
* Follow established laboratory policies and procedures.
* Demonstrate flexibility, cooperation and support team goals.
* Demonstrate professional behavior.
* Enhance professional growth and development through in-service meetings and educating programs.
* Attend staff meetings as required.
* Maintain strictest confidentiality.
* Ongoing Customer Service Training.
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Do At New England Baptist Hopsital

Performs phlebotomy procedures, venipunctures, and finger sticks and completes routine quality control maintenance in accordance with established departmental procedures

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How To Become A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.


Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.


Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Tagalog

  • Hindi

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Cherokee

  • Ilocano

  • French

  • Dakota

  • Persian

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Armenian

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist


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Top Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Skills

  1. Lab Specimens
  2. Blood Specimens
  3. Phlebotomy Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist Lab Technicians * Prepare and possess lab specimens * Draw blood and collect other specimens
  • Collect blood specimens as needed to perform laboratory test requested by physicians.
  • Performed and tracked phlebotomy procedures and specimen processing.
  • Collected urine specimens, as well as patient drop offs.
  • Obtain blood samples for medical testing and transfusion through venipuncture or capillary puncture.

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Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomist Videos

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